Shubhankar Sharma struggles on final day to finish tied 7th at Indian Open
Gurgaon: It was heartbreak for Shubhankar Sharma on the ultimate day as he struggled to a three-over 75 to complete tied seventh at the same time as Englishman Matt Wallace bagged his second European Tour title on the USD 1,750,000 Hero Indian Open right here on Sunday.
Wallace, who stayed in competition all through the week, overcame compatriot Andrew Johnston within the play-off, 18th gap, to clinch his first Indian Open title and take residence the winner’s cheque of USD 291,660.
“This title means a world to me. It has been a very satisfying week as a result of it’s positively the hardest golf course that I’ve performed in my profession. I’ve learnt lots and hopefully it’s going to assist me in future,” mentioned Wallace after the win.
Every part went incorrect for in a single day joint chief Shubhankar at present on the difficult DLF golf course as he discovered bushes, water our bodies, hit the flag as soon as and likewise struggled together with his placing to drop three double bogeys, three bogeys in opposition to six birdies to whole four-under 284.
Final week, the 21-year-old, who gained the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, had led on the second and third day on the World Golf Championship-Mexico earlier than ending a creditable tied ninth.
India thus didn’t retain the trophy for the primary time in 4 years after SSP Chawrasia gained it twice in 2015 and 2016 and Anirban Lahiri bagged it in 2015.
Wallace, who gained the Open de Portugal final 12 months on the European Tour, carded four-under 68, whereas Johnston fired six-under 66 on the ultimate day to lie at 11-under 277 on the completion of regulation play to drive a play-off.
Wallace fired 5 birdies and a bogey in his spherical, whereas Johnston picked up six strokes in his flawless spherical.
In the course of the play-off, Wallace attacked the pin as his second shot sailed over the water hazard and landed on the greens. Johnston, alternatively, lay-up and ended with a par at the same time as Wallace scored a birdie to seal the competition.
Korean Kim Sihwan shot four-under 68 to complete third at eight-under 280, whereas Pablo Larrazabal (69) and Matthias Schwab (70) signed off tied fourth.
Shubhankar, who had set the course report with a sensational eight-under 64 on the second day, appeared to make a superb begin as he fired birdies on the second and fourth holes however two double bogeys on the fifth and seventh pegged him again earlier than he picked up a stroke on the ninth to make the flip at one-over.
On the par three fifth, Shubhankar hit his tee shot within the water, whereas he discovered the hazard within the par four seventh gap to lose 4 strokes. The Indian discovered the bunker on the 10th and 13th holes.
He ended up with a bogey within the former earlier than producing a preventing par within the latter.
On the 13th, the two-time European Tour champion hit the flag in his second shot and the ball rolled over to the fringes and it value him a bogey. He additionally dropped a double bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the 16th earlier than sinking a birdie on the final gap.
“It was a disappointing day for me. I had a couple of dangerous swings firstly that postpone my rhythm. The double-bogey on the fifth compounded my issues. Thereafter, it was all about making an attempt to meet up with the lead,” Shubhankar mentioned.
“I had a couple of birdies at present however there have been simply too many bogeys for my liking. However these items occur. Whatever the outcome I am fairly glad that after being five-over by way of the primary 9 holes of the event I managed to complete with a four-under whole,” he added.
Speaking about his future tournaments, the Chandigarh golfer mentioned: “I am wanting ahead to a superb week of relaxation subsequent week at residence in Panchkula. I am enthusiastic about enjoying the match-play format after a very long time on the WGC Match Play later this month.
“I can also’t watch for the Masters. I will have to sit down down with my coach Jesse Grewal and put together my game-plan for the 12 months’s first Main which I’ve watched quite a few occasions on tv.”